Welcome! In case you don’t know me (and I’ve heard there are people who look at the websites of people they don’t know), here are the basics:
I work as an editor at Lexham Press, where at various times I’ve worked on books at every stage of the publishing process: acquiring, developing, copyediting, and proofreading. You can see some of the projects I’ve worked on here.
I was born in the Midwest and grew up in the South, and never felt like I completely belonged in either place. I went to the University of Richmond and studied journalism because I love writing and learning about the world, and also because being a journalism major allowed me to take a wide variety of other classes. (I ended up with a Russian and East European Studies minor out of pure curiosity.) After college, I spent two years in Europe (Prague and Budapest) teaching English and literature to high school students, businesspeople, and nuclear research facility workers. I then moved to Vancouver, BC to earn an MDiv from Regent College with the intention of becoming a pastor. When I graduated, there weren’t many jobs around (this was during the Great Recession), so I drove a school bus and worked part-time at a church until I got a job as an editorial assistant at the company that makes Logos Bible Software. A year after I started, they decided to spin up a publishing division called Lexham Press. I’ve been there since the beginning, filling a variety of roles but always with the goal of helping put out thoughtful and helpful Christian writing into the world.
I grew up in a Baptist church in North Carolina. After a teenage faith crisis where I wasn’t quite sure what I believed, I decided that I was going to stick with Jesus in spite of the many shortcomings I had seen and experienced in church culture. In college I was part of a Presbyterian church, then went to a Christian Reformed Church in seminary, and am now part of the Evangelical Covenant Church. Sometimes I’ve used the term “evangelical” to describe what sort of Christian I am because I like what it has meant historically. But I’m careful about where I use it these days, mostly because of the way American evangelicals have behaved politically in recent times. In any case, whichever adjective I use to modify the word “Christian,” all I mean by it is that I believe every word of the Apostles’ and Nicene creeds, and believe the Bible is inspired and authoritative.
The tagline for this blog is the saying “All is grist that comes to the mill” (I’m a fan of G. K. Chesterton, and I first heard this from his essay collection All Is Grist). I believe all things, people, and events are connected in some way. I believe nothing is random. I believe the ultimate force behind the universe is personal, and loving. So what I do here is make connections: between what I read and what I see (and because I read a lot, many of my posts are book reviews), between what I think and what I experience, and between everything and Christ, who holds all things together (Col 1:17).